This post is by Nancy Jardine.
Ahem! I’m not talking about dancing save the fact that some words just might be gliding across the page because my eyes are too bleary. I’m talking about reading/progress rate right now…and lack of.
This past week I’ve been at my desk, at lot, doing a lot of reading. I’ve been researching heavily for the author talks I mentioned on my last Wranglers blog post, and have been slowly creating the scripts and the PowerPoint presentations, ensuring that I know what I’m talking about and have references for.
I don’t know about you, but I’m absolutely **** not good at all**** at organising my files and folders, with sub folders and sub sub sub sub folders for general reference. Some of them are so convoluted that they look like family tree structures. I tend to have file after file of research references and relevant images for each of my historical novels- information that’s been collected over a number of years. That might sound good but when a lot of that information is relevant to all 4 of my published historical novels, and also to the fifth one that I’m currently writing, it means I’m not actually very well organised at all if I can’t remember which book —and which folder—had a particular reference to the Governor of Britannia who came after Agricola, or the word which means a Roman soldier’s sandal!
It’s a recipe for madness when I want to find something like the reference for a quote or an image URL quickly.
I need one huge file that’s called “Celts” and one huge file that’s called “Romans”. But will that work? What do you think? I might have to be convinced it will.
So this week, my writing progress has gone at the pace of the title of this post.
Compound my erratic rate and bleary eyes with the fact that I’ve had to back up thousands of files and folders onto an external hard disk in case of disaster…like a catastrophic laptop failure, or I delete things by mistake. Some already were on my external hard drive but…others…you get the picture.
But why did I need to back up so many last week?
As part of my strategy to stop complaining about poor internet connections, I’ve recently had internet wiring led through my nearly 200 year old granite walls all the way to my desk where it’s then hooked up to my laptop. The engineer told me it’s the absolute fastest connection I can have… but then very kindly pointed out that with an old laptop the speed might be a bit challenged.
My paperback books sales over the last year have been getting better but they’re not enough to buy even a half price laptop, yet I reckoned that I have to invest in the future. Gulp and bite the bullet- thank you Amazon for a good deal.
Whoopee! I have a lovely shiny new laptop with some new features since I can’t bury my head in the sand too much when it comes to keeping up with new technology.
The downside is now transferring all those lovely files and folders from my external hard disk in a much more organised fashion onto my brand new laptop!
Another dread I was encountering came to pass. There have been all those situations where the new laptop spits at me and demands my password for each of the multitude of connections in my social media places. WHAT’S THE PASSWORD? Huge gulp. I probably created some of them nearly five years ago and I’ve always had a rubbish memory!
My WORDPRESS password? Aargh! I nearly didn’t get this post live today!
Any good tips for handling the filing on my brand new laptop? (Actually, I know what I’m going to do but… advice rarely goes wrong.)
Have a lovely weekend. After I attend the Craft Fair in Inverurie today, to sell some of my novels, I think I’ll be back to…transferring more of those tidy…tidy…keep them organised… files.
Nancy Jardine writes historical romantic adventures, contemporary romantic mysteries and time travel historical adventures for Middle Grade/ YA readers.
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